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Special Education

What is Special Education?

Special education describes an educational alternative that focuses on the teaching of students with academic, behavioral, health, or physical needs that cannot sufficiently be met using traditional educational programs or techniques. Special Education services now extend past school-age into adulthood, as a better understanding of life-long learning has been gained. It includes school-based activities as well as family and community activities, and has become a major testing ground for better teaching for all children, not simply children with disabilities.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_education 

CWU Department of Education: Special Education

Related Career Titles
Adapted PE TeacherAutism Center Mgr-TeacherCamp Director
Child PsychologistCounselorCreative Arts Therapist
Day-Care Center OwnerEducational AdvocateSchool Teacher
Special Needs TeacherSpeech PathologistEmployee Development Specialist
Employment InterviewerLanguage/AudiologistLibrarian
LobbyistOccupational TherapistOrientation and Mobility Specialist
Peace Corps/Vista WorkerStudent Teacher AdvisorTeacher - Adult Education
English as a Second LanguagePhysical TherapistProfessor
Recreational TherapistRehab CounselorResearch Assistant
School PrincipalSchool PsychologistSocial Worker
Hearing Impaired Educ.Tutor 
Special Needs may include but are not limited to the following:
ADD/ADHDAutismBrain Injury
Emotional/Behavioral DisordersHearing ImpairedLD
MDDVisually ImpairedAcademically Gifted
Related Major Skills
CompassionUnderstanding
Ability to planInteract well with others
PatienceAccepting of differences
Variety of teaching techniquesCreativity
Work with students individuallyWork in variety of settings
Communication with parentsGood communication skills
Knowledge of legal issuesWell organized
Work with groupsAdaptable and flexible
Technology skillsEnjoy challenges

Job & Internship Search Links

The Special Education Exchange, http://www.spedex.com/jobs/jobs.htm 

Council for Exceptional Children Career Connections,

Jobs in Education, http://www.jobsineducation.com/ 

Nation Job Network: Education Jobs, http://www.nationjob.com/education/ 

Academic Employment Network, http://www.academploy.com/ 

K-12 Jobs.com, http://www.k12jobs.com/ 

The Teacher's Employment Network, http://www.teachingjobs.com/ 

Teachers At Work,

Teachers-Teachers.com

Teaching Jobs Overseas, http://joyjobs.com/ 

Want To Teach, http://www.wanttoteach.com/ 

National Association of Special Education Teachers, http://www.naset.org/ 

Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction,http://www.k12.wa.us/employment/k12opportunities.aspx 

Office of Special Education Programs,http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/osep/index.html?src=mr 

National Clearinghouse for Professions in Special Education, http://www.special-ed-careers.org 

Association of American Educators, http://www.aaeteachers.org/ 

National Middle School Association,http://www.nmsa.org/Membership/JobConnection/tabid/414/Default.aspx 

Council for Exceptional Children, http://www.specialedcareers.org/ 

Teachers-Preschool, Kindergarten, Middle, and Secondary from the Occupational Outlook Handbook, http://stats.bls.gov/oco/ocos069.htm 

Special Education Teachers from the Occupational Outlook Handbook,http://stats.bls.gov/oco/ocos070.htm

IE3 Global Internships , http://ie3global.ous.edu/